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Classical Breakdown

27. Rimsky-Korsakov's enchanting Scheherazade

September 22, 2020

Discover the musical details and backstory of a work that's captivated listeners for over a century. John Banther and Linda Carducci discuss its origins and use their imagination to fill in the musical gaps.

Show Notes

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Born into a noble family, Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), had access to a well-rounded education that included music. Those lessons stopped at 17, but thankfully he remained curious in the next 3 years he would spend aboard a ship in the Naval service. A prolific and successful composer, Rimsky-Korsakov became known as part of "The Five" great Russian composers and continues to be an influence on musicians and composers.

One Thousand and One Nights

A collection of Middle-Eastern folk tales that started in the 9th century, and was translated into English in the 18th century. This is a "framing narrative" where one story leads into the next in a series of "cliff hangers." Read One Thousand and One Nights here.

Elim Chan conducts Scheherazade with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra